The COVID-19 pandemic has had an effect on businesses around the globe, and AirBNB is one such company that has tried to persevere through the troubles. The company has not restricted travel and has allowed hosts the freedom to list or take down listings. Guests have still been able to book and travel with willing hosts, as well. The company has updated policies on payment and has taken some steps into locking accounts, but the actions are mostly self-serving. If you were afflicted with coronavirus because you stayed at an AirBNB, you can contact the Downtown LA Law Group today for more assistance. We will help you sue AirBNB for coronavirus and see to it that you are fairly paid for your damages.
Dangers of Coronavirus in an AirBNB
AirBNB allows individuals to rent out their homes to guests. The company has taken steps to allow refunds, cancellations, and rebooking that otherwise would not always be available. The company has restricted accounts that have canceled because of contraction of the virus, and they have also temporarily locked hosts’ accounts for the same reason. However, there is nothing stopping hosts and guests from simply concealing this information and renting or traveling anyway.
AirBNB locations also are generally in neighborhoods where there are plenty of other people around. This can increase the potential rate of infection, since there is more travel occurring. A neighbor who is asymptomatic may unknowingly spread the infection to someone at the AirBNB, which can result in a whole slew of individuals also getting the illness.
If you contracted coronavirus while in an AirBNB, you may be able to take legal action.
How to Sue AirBNB for Contracting Coronavirus
In order to sue AirBNB for injuries resulting from coronavirus, you must be able to show that the host or company was negligent in some way. Premises liability claims require that you show what kind of visitor you were. Invitees are customers and are afforded the highest duty of care; they can be shoppers in a store or guests at hospitality facilities. Licensees are social guests and are afforded slightly less of a duty of care. Trespassers have no legal right to be on the property, though.
Proving negligence of the company can be shown in one of three ways:
There was a hazard on the property that was caused by the owner
The owner knew about a danger but did nothing to fix it or provide warnings to any guests
The owner was unaware of the problem but reasonably should have been, as any other manager or owner would have been
The presence of an individual with coronavirus, such as a neighbor, should have been brought up by the host. The company should make sure that individuals who had coronavirus and were staying at the AirBNB as well were not placing anyone else in danger. Some hosts live at the property as well and only rent out rooms, so if they are infected, they place anyone who enters in danger. It is extremely important that hosts clean the location in between visits and disinfect everything so that the virus has no chance of survival on any surfaces. However, many hosts do not actively seek to lessen the spread and do not let guests know they are in risk, simply because they want to keep earning income.
If you wish to sue, you should follow these steps:
Go to the hospital to get a diagnosis and treatment for coronavirus
Hold on to all medical receipts and test results
Get a copy of your agreement to rent at the AirBNB
File an incident report with the company, as well as a complaint about the host
Take photos of any injuries you suffered and take pictures of the AirBNB property to show you were a guest
Interview eyewitnesses or other guests who can testify that you became ill after staying at the AirBNB
Get a copy of your bank statement or credit card statement showing that you rented the property through the company
Once you have your evidence together, it is in your best interest to speak with a coronavirus AirBNB attorney in Los Angeles. We will be able to organize your proof for you, write a demand letter, negotiate with the insurance agent, and more. You should not stress yourself out with a lawsuit or delay your recovery time while you try to get more evidence. We’ll hire expert witnesses and prepare the most solid defense possible. Your focus should be on recovering while we handle your claim.
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Statute of Limitations to Sue AirBNB
In California, you have 2 years from the date of the injury to file a premises liability claim against AirBNB. If you do not sue within this time period, you will not be able to collect any compensation. It is important that you do not hesitate or wait too long – the evidence you have could be lost or corrupted over time, memories could fade, and individuals could leave and not provide testimony. The statute allows both parties sufficient time to gather evidence and build their cases.
There is the possibility for the statute of limitations to be temporarily extended. This can happen if the victim was under 18 years old at the time of the incident, and the statute would begin when he turns legal age. The statute can also be extended if the victim was left mentally or physically incapacitated after the incident, or if the defendant left the state. The deadline would resume when the individual is healthy again or when the defendant returns, respectively.
Often, victims do not know the amount of time left on their claims, or they do not know what the statute of limitations is. You can call our firm to confirm how much time remains on your claim, and we will take care of your case for you. Your lawsuit will not be in danger of missing the deadline when you work with our firm. We always adhere to the necessary time limits, and our attorneys are punctual and efficient.
Compensation from an AirBNB Lawsuit
The value of your AirBNB lawsuit is generally determined by the extent of the injuries you suffered and how much of an impact they had on your life and career. If you were seriously hurt, hospitalized for some time, and could not return to work, your case value would be higher than if you were only minimally hurt. Further, if you were partially responsible for the incident, the insurance agent will reduce the settlement offer. The goal of our attorneys is to bring you the maximum compensation available, and we will negotiate a fair deal from the company to reflect that. You may be able to receive the following damages:
Medical bills from the past and future for treatment, procedures, surgery, medication, and more
Lost wages from the time you were unable to work, whether in the past or in the future
Property damage for any personal items that were broken or lost
Pain and suffering damages for mental stress, PTSD, anxiety, fear, and more
In some cases, a loved one or family member may pass away due to coronavirus. If a loved one dies from the illness, you could potentially receive wrongful death damages. These damages include payment for the funeral and burial, coverage for a cemetery plot, pre-death medical bills, pre-death pain and suffering, loss of consortium and relations, loss of inheritance and savings, and more.
You should not be held accountable for these damages if you became infected with the coronavirus due to the negligent action of an AirBNB host. Your losses should be paid off by the company, and we promise to do everything in our power to secure you what you need.
Free Second Opinion
You may already have legal representation, but you could be dissatisfied with the efforts of your current lawyer. Sadly, many attorneys do not fully dedicate themselves to their clients’ needs or they do not act in the best interests of their clients. They take on many cases at once and try to get settlements for small amounts so they can collect their payments and move on. The only winners in these cases are the attorneys and the insurance company. The victim does not get what he deserves, but the attorneys get a chunk and the insurance companies do not have to pay out large settlements.
If you need to speak with someone to determine if your current attorney is acting in your best interests or not, you can call our firm today. We will tell you if your lawyer is acting in bad faith or if he is purposely trying to get you to sign off on a small settlement. All evaluations and second opinions are totally free, and you can rest assured that your visit will remain entirely confidential.
Choosing Us for Your Legal Needs
The Downtown LA Law Group has handled numerous types of AirBNB lawsuits over the years, and we know the best methods to succeed with your case. The coronavirus pandemic has affected millions of people, and there are legal options available to help pay for the expenses. We will work tirelessly to secure you the compensation you deserve, even going to court if necessary.
Call today for a free legal consultation to discuss your claim. You can ask us anything you wish and we’ll tell you what we believe the value of your case is. If you hire us to represent you, you’ll pay nothing thanks to our zero fee guarantee. Our fees are covered only if we win, and the money comes from the settlement given to us by AirBNB.
To sue AirBNB for coronavirus, get in touch with the Downtown LA Law Group today.
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